Yeah we are buying a new TV as well. Probably the 65 inch Samsung Q90t. I would like an OLED but I just can't deal with the risk of burn in. "You just have to be careful with what you watch" is not for me. The TV works for ME, not the other way aronud.
Yeah I'm with you on that. My rig is quite similar to yours. I also have a 1080 and the rig is from 2016. Getting a bit long in the tooth too but still totally decent.
My main issue is that I do most of my gaming in the living room these days on the nice big TV with the fancy 5.1 audio and such. To do that I use a Steam Link. Now I think that the Steam Link is a fine way to play games in the living room and it is a fine piece of tech. That being said I think it is a subpar gaming experience for a couple of reasons:
1. Everything looks like a compressed video, because..it is. You get bad banding sometimes especially in shadows and smoke.
2. The input lag is bearable but still no good.
3. There is considerable performance overhead when using the Steam Link
4. It is limited to 1080/60
5. If I want to play a non-steam game I either have to add it to Steam and launch it through big picture mode OR use a keyboard/mouse to launch it
6. The best way to use a controller on the Steam Link is to have it connected to the PC and not the Steam Link itself. That way you don't risk the game not being supported. But that means that I now have to have TWO controllers. One to start the steam link with and the other to play games with.
Now, most of this can be solved by running an HDMI cable through the wall. That is certainly an option for me. There are a couple of other reasons why I would prefer the consoles though:
1. I like the super fast savestate/resume of my current PS4 and the new consoles are promising even better support for that. Instead of starting the PC and then the Steam Link, grabbing both controllers and so on I can be gaming before my beer gets warm.
2. This is kind of a bummer but I'm getting lazier with age. I really don't have the patience to fiddle with settings to find the optimal ones. Is TXAA the thing? Should I do super resolution instead? No that dropped FPS to 55...should I...maybe go on Youtube to find good settings? I know that I can leave it on default but if the option is there my brain will certainly go there.
3. We are upgrading the TV by Christmas as well so we'll have a top of the line 65 incher with HDMI 2.1 support and all that stuff.
So, my current plan is to buy both the new consoles and use the Xbox as the main gaming device and the PS5 for the exclusives. My main issue is that I have such a huge library on the PC already and all the console games I currently own is a handful of PS4 exclusives.
Yes, very much so. I've decided that the PC will no longer be my main gaming platform, so this is exciting. For that reason I'm getting both consoles on day 1. The idea is that the Xbox will be the "main" console with game pass ultimate and all that. The PS5 will be used for exclusives only. That is the idea at least.
Because of Covid our travel budget has been getting way too fat and for that reason we'll also be upgrading the TV and home cinema receiver along with the new consoles.